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Amazing Accies strike late to secure Scottish Cup

Celtic FC 1

Barclay 40

Hamilton Academical 4

McLellan 27, Martin 52, 56, Tobin 59
  • Saturday, 16 November 2019
  • Oriam
  • 13's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup - Final
Hamilton Academical WFC secured a historic Scottish Women's Football Youth Cup final victory after an inspired display against a strong Celtic side at Oriam. A late first half strike from Morven McLellan gave Accies the lead, before Lucy Barclay levelled midway through the second half for the Hoops. The game was in the balance but Sophia Martin stepped up to the plate with a superb double, before skipper Abigail Tobin rounded off the scoring with a sublime fourth.
 
Both sides had been in red hot form going into the match and it was a final that certainly had the nation gripped. Accies had been in relentless goalscoring form on the road to Oriam, scoring no less than 52 goals in their victories over Murieston United, Hibernian Green, Heart of Midlothian, Drumsagard, Raith Rovers and Central Girls Legends.
 
Celtic had also hit the goal trail in the opening three rounds with comprehensive victories over Stenhousemuir, Cambusdoon and Clark Drive. They then faced sterner tests in the form of Hibernian, Celtic 12's and Donside Juveniles - who had won the cup last year. However, they saw off all comers and took their place in the showpiece final.
 
The match started with some understandable nerves on both sides, given it was the first occasion like this for both sets of players. However as the minutes ticked away the football started to flow and the players started to show what they were capable of.
 
The first half chance of the game saw Hamilton captain Abigail Tobin test Abbie Fearns, but the Celtic keeper was equal to it. Rebecca Brady then drilled an excellent ball into the penalty box, but the onrushing Celtic forwards just failed to get the vital touch. 

It appeared as though the half would end on level terms, however Accies had other ideas. The pushed for the opening goal and with just a couple of minutes left on the clock made the breakthrough. A cross into the box was cleared by Celtic, but only as far as Morven McLellan. With all the composure of a player beyond her years, she opened up her right foot and placed the ball in the right hand corner. The half-time whistle blew shortly afterwards and the teams headed back to the changing rooms with all to play for.
  • Half Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 0-1
  • Hamilton Academical
The second half kicked off at a high tempo, with both sides knowing they could be just thirty minutes away from the prestigious trophy. The first chance of the half fell to Natalie McClounan, who forced an excellent save from Fearns in the Celtic goal.

Hamilton were enjoying the better of possession but Celtic looked increasingly dangerous on the counter attack. Isabella Conreno was a driving force, as her team looked to get back on level terms.
 
With thirty-nine minutes on the clock the equaliser came. Lucy Barclay picked the ball up on the right hand side of the penalty area, cut inside and unleashed an inch perfect shot across goal into the far corner. The Celtic support went wild and it was well and truly game on.
 
Ten tense minutes followed as the sides cancelled each other out and defences stood firm. However, with the attacking prowess on display it seemed unlikely that the match would fizzle out. There were goals in it and it was just a questions of which end.
 
On player who had been quiet so far by her own sky high standards was Sophia Martin of Hamilton Accies. However a few minutes later that was history. Faced with three opposition players on the edge of the area, Martin used her skill and strength to hold them off, before firing the ball low beyond the helpless Fearns. A goal worthy of the occasion.

Accies sensed the opportunity to kill the game and that's exactly what they did. The high press paid off with Martin stealing the ball inside the Celtic final third and once she entered the penalty area there was only one outcome. Accies had their third and a vital cushion heading into the closing stages of the match.
 
Celtic pushed to reduce the deficit but the Accies defence held strong and it was the girls in red and white who had the final say on the scoresheet. Martin was once again at the heart of the attack, but this time she showed her unselfish side, laying the ball into the path of Tobin. The Accies skipper showed fantastic composure to placed the ball into the right hand corner and put the final seal on a wonderful performance.

The final whistle blew and the Hamilton Accies players and supporters raised the roof, celebrating their first SWF Youth Cup triumph in 10 years. Celtic deserve a huge amount of credit for their run to the final and efforts on the day, but nobody can deny the South Lanarkshire side as worthy winners. 
  • Full Time:
  • Celtic FC
  • 1-4
  • Hamilton Academical

Lineups

Celtic FC
Hamilton Academical
20. Abbie Fearns
21. Roma Kelly
22. Skye Innes
23. Sienna McGoldrick
24. Caitlin Crean
25. Kayleigh Mackay
26. Mary Stewart
27. Isabella Conreno
28. Hannah Calvert
29. Kaiden Brannigan
30. Rebecca Brady
31. Lucy Barclay
1. Emma Russell
3. Kate Fraser
6. Eilidh Irons
7. Abigail Tobin
8. Ellie McAllister
9. Sophia Martin
10. Morven McLellan
11. Natalie McClounan
12. Carly Burston
14. Louise Porter
15. Ellie Dunachie
Star Player
Celtic FC
Hamilton Academical
Maisy Stewart was Celtic's top performer on the day, with a top class display on the big stage.
When the match was on a knife edge Sophia Martin came to the fore. Big game, big player!
Magic Moment
Celtic FC
Hamilton Academical
Barclay's goal was worthy of the occasion. A fantastic strike.
Martin's first goal was a moment of magic just when here side needed it.
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